hun·​gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \
hungrier; hungriest

Definition of hungry

1a : feeling an uneasy or painful sensation from lack of food : feeling hunger
b : characterized by or characteristic of hunger or appetite a wolf with hungry eyes
2a : eager, avid hungry for affection
b : strongly motivated (as by ambition) hungry investors a power-hungry politician
3 : not rich or fertile : barren a hungry soil

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Other Words from hungry

hungrily \ ˈhəŋ-​grə-​lē How to pronounce hungrily (audio) \ adverb
hungriness \ ˈhəŋ-​grē-​nəs How to pronounce hungriness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hungry


empty, famished, peckish [chiefly British], starved, starving


full, sated, satiate, satiated, satisfied

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Examples of hungry in a Sentence

There are millions of hungry people throughout the world. That girl is always hungry. The prisoners' families were hungry for more information. They were hungry to learn more.
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Meiss has been writing the musical over the last year and stars as one of the rose-hungry women competing for the Bachelor’s heart. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, "ABC Lawyers Shut Down 'Bachelor the Musical' Poster," 7 June 2019 Radio stations that had remained on the air since the unconfirmed reports of the invasion were received around midnight were hastily tuned in as news-hungry Dallasites sought eagerly for reports about how their boys in khaki were faring. Dallas News, "D-Day as Dallas lived it," 6 June 2019 The merger would be a bold step in the industry consolidation that many see as necessary in the capital-hungry sector. Washington Post, "Renault delays decision on Fiat Chrysler marriage proposal," 5 June 2019 Having a privacy-minded tech company building an identity product puts positive competition on its data-hungry rivals. Casey Newton, The Verge, "With an antitrust case looming, Apple’s new login tool is tempting fate," 5 June 2019 Amazon, with its diverse portfolio of energy-hungry businesses, faces a challenge in calculating and reducing emissions. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Employees are pressuring Amazon to become a leader on climate. Here’s how that could work.," 18 May 2019 Viserion is power-hungry and cruel to his sister, despite his promise to care for her. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "This New 'Game of Thrones' Theory Reveals Secret Foreshadowing Within the Dragons' Names," 16 May 2019 Owner Juan Alfaro has been serving both Mexican and Peruvian food to hungry crowds of locals and visitors for over three decades, and no dish is more famous here than the excellent lomo saltado, well-marinated and perfectly seared in a large wok. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Peruvian Restaurants in Los Angeles," 26 June 2018 Illustration: Laura Kammermann Uber Technologies Inc. moved its target valuation lower, setting a range of about $80.5 billion to $91.5 billion for its initial public offering, and gave hungry investors a look at its first-quarter financials. Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Uber Outlines First-Quarter Results After Cutting Valuation Target," 26 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of hungry

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hungry

Middle English, from Old English hungrig; akin to Old English hungor

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The first known use of hungry was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of hungry

: suffering because of a lack of food : greatly affected by hunger
: having an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach because you need food : feeling hunger
: feeling a strong desire or need for something or to do something


hun·​gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \
hungrier; hungriest

Kids Definition of hungry

1 : feeling or showing hunger
2 : having a strong desire She was hungry for power.

Other Words from hungry

hungrily \ -​grə-​lē \ adverb

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